OCEAN CITY – An Ocean City man was arrested on first-degree assault and other serious charges this week after allegedly plowing his vehicle into a pedestrian in front of a downtown bar before striking a tree and fleeing the scene.
Around 9 p.m. last Sunday, Ocean City police responded to Pickles Pub on 8th Street and Philadelphia Ave. for a reported hit-and-run collision involving a pedestrian with injuries. OCPD officers determined the suspect, later identified as Alan Phillip Flynn, 32, allegedly became intoxicated in the pub and was asked by the establishment’s management to leave the premises.
According to police reports, while Flynn was leaving, he allegedly spat on a bar employee and another individual. The bar employee and the other individual followed Flynn outside where Flynn got into a vehicle parked across the street.
At that point, Flynn intentionally drove his vehicle toward the two individuals, striking one of them. The vehicle also hit a tree before Flynn fled the area, according to police reports.
The OCPD broadcast a description of Flynn and the vehicle, which was found a short time later unoccupied in West Ocean City by a Worcester County Sheriff’s deputy. While OCPD officers were still back at Pickles Pub conducting witness and victim statements about the alleged hit-and-run incident that had just occurred, Flynn returned to the scene in a taxicab.
When Flynn saw the police gathered at the establishment, he attempted to flee the scene in a taxi, but the cab stopped about a half a block away. Flynn then jumped out of the cab and attempted to flee on foot. After a short pursuit, Flynn attempted to hide in a crawl space under an apartment building on 8th Street. With the assistance of the Maryland State Police and the Berlin Police K-9 officers, OCPD officers were able to get Flynn to come out from under the building and he surrendered.
The victim was transported to Atlantic General Hospital for treatment of injuries not believed to be life threatening and was later released. Flynn was also taken to AGH for treatment of a knee injury sustained while fleeing from police. He was treated and released to police custody.
Flynn was charged with first- and second-degree assault along with numerous traffic-related charges including driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and fleeing and eluding police. He was taken before a court commissioner and ordered held on a $10,000 bond before being transferred to the Worcester County Jail.